Friday, 30 September 2016

Sheffield Autumn programmes start here!

From Neil at Sheffield jazz

Autumn’s here so it’s time for the new Sheffield Jazz season to begin at 8pm tonight on Friday 30th September at Crookes Social Club with the brilliant and remarkable Benn Clatworthy.

And as a special offer to introduce our move to Crookes, all tickets for this gig are priced at just £5 !

A perennial Sheffield favourite, the Benn Clatworthy quartet feature the gifted John Donaldson on piano, Simon Thorpe on bass and Matt Horne on drums. Based in Los Angeles, Clatworthy is a great tenor sax player, from storming post-Coltrane energy to beautiful ballad playing.

The press are unanimous :

"Sublime" - Jazz Times .... "Brilliant" - London Evening Standard; "Astounds everyone" – The Observer

Hear Benn Clatworthy here:

We’re very happy with the facilities at Crookes Club which will give our audience an improved experience, through its great sound and sightlines, plentiful seats and tables and an excellent well-stocked bar.
There’ll be the traditional raffle at the break, but this time Silversmith’s restaurant have generously donated a prize of a VIP dinner for two. And later on in the season there’ll be further chances to win dinner at Silversmith’s, before each of the two Crucible gigs that they are sponsoring this autumn. Featured in Harden’s 2016 guide, we’re grateful for their sponsorship which helps us continue to bring the best of UK jazz to Sheffield.
More details about all the gigs in Sheffield Jazz’s season at:

Next up at Sheffield Jazz:

Friday 14th October 20.00, Crookes Social Club: Tim Garland Electric Quartet

Friday 21st October 19.15, Crucible Studio: Glow Quartet

Friday 28th October 20.00, Crookes Social Club, Gilad Atzmon & Alan Barnes Lowest Common Denominator

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Jazz is back at Heart.

Jiannis Pavlidis
Lesley Jeffries writes

To kick off the Jazz at Heart season 2016-17, on September 17th, we have the wonderful

Jiannis Pavlidis Quintet

A mostly original music quintet, led by Jiannis Pavlidis:

Jiannis Pavlidis - Guitar
Matt Anderson - Tenor Sax
Sam Leak  - Piano
Simon Read  - Bass
Tim Carter  - Drums

Doors 7.30. Tickets from HEART reception £10 (£6 concessions)

Jeans Pavlidis has frequently performed all over England and Greece for the last 10 years, participatingin tours and recordings as a leader and with world renowned artists David Liebman (2005,2010), Adam Nussbaum (2007,2010,2011) and with Greg Hutchinson (3 October 2015).

' Jiannis is a very talanted guitarist with a very good mind for composition and
arranging.The whole experience was a real pleasure.'-David Liebman

'Astonishing virtuosity combined with wonderful compositions.' - Leeds Guide

Jazz at Heart
Heart Centre
Bennett Road
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS6 3HN

Southport branches out..

Daniel John Martin
From Geoff Matthews

Three jazz venues now in Southport - and you'll be seeing a lot of Parisian jazz violinist Daniel John Martin this month- he's playing at all of them! The first time is Jazz at Dobbies Garden Centre in Southport which has become an established jazz venue now. Daniel John Martin with his hot club trio reminiscent of the Hot Club of France is there on October 29th. The music runs 6-8pm and ticket prices are £12.95 per person including afternoon tea. October's gig on October 27th features jazz vocalist SuEyo with Anthony Ormesher on guitar

Meanwhile Southport Melodic Jazz continue their Monthly programme at the Royal Clifton Hotel on Sunday October 2nd with a "Jazz Day" - a second appearance of  Daniel John Martin's trio at 2pm, then the fantastic duo of vocalist Tina May and pianist Enrico Pieranunzi reprising their new album "Home is where the heart is" at 8pm 

Daniel John Martin appears again at a third azz venue in Southport- Boulevard West on Lord Street - is going well on the first Monday in each month. He's there on 3 October with his trio and then they have a guitar duo of Vernon Fuller and Willy Fluss with their mix of jazz, soul and reggae (7 November)

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Ellery Eskelin hits the north!

Apollo's Kim Macari writes

Hailed as being at the forefront of the global creative improvised music scene for the past 30 years, New York saxophonist Ellery Eskelin is preparing to perform a number of gigs in the North of England in October 2016, including a performance at Seven Arts in Leeds on October 13th.

Eskelin is the second featured artist to take part in the Orpheus Project, an ambitious programme set up by jazz venues across the North of England in partnership with Apollo Jazz Network to bring internationally renowned artists to intimate venues in the region and expose audiences to extraordinary live jazz. Joining Eskelin will be guitarist Chris Sharkey and pianist Matt Bourne.

We couldn't be more excited about Ellery's tour. It provides a rare chance to see a world renowned musician in small, intimate venues and really experience this music close up. Leeds has a rich history of hosting cutting edge international jazz and we're so pleased that Seven Jazz and Fusebox are teaming up to host this wonderful band

Eskelin appears at Marsden Jazz Festival on October 8 at 6pm followed by performances in London (October 10th), Birmingham (October 11th), Sheffield (October 12th), Leeds (October 13th) and Newcastle (October 14th).

Based in New York City, Eskelin has traveled widely performing, recording and amassing a very personal and iconoclastic body of work. And yet he has always remained deeply committed to the traditions of jazz and American music. Eskelin embodies this seeming contradiction with ease. He does not see jazz as a style or idiom but as a process. Further, a process of creative development that has great relevancy to our time. In this pursuit Eskelin consistently delivers to the listening public unadulterated, passionate music with no excuses and no apologies.

Chris Sharkey is known across Europe as being at the cutting edge of creative music. He has been a member of numerous groundbreaking groups in the UK –including TrioVD, Acoustic Ladyland and Bilbao Syndrome. Internationally, he has collaborated with musicians in France (Christian Sebille), Norway (Nils Henrik Aarsheim) , Lithuania (Liudas Mockūnas) and Spain (Asociación Musica  Libre).

Matt Bourne first came to national attention as a winner of the Perrier Jazz Award in 2001, which was followed by an award for innovation at the BBC Radio Jazz Awards in 2002, and the International Jazz Festivals Organisation’s International Jazz Award in 2005. Renowned for his intensely personal and sometimes confrontational solo work, Bourne’s uncanny ability to balance delicacy and virtuosity, while establishing a close affinity with his audience, have become hallmarks of his concert performances.

Leeds Fusebox kicks off with Bitch'n'Monk

Bitch'n'Monk 23 Sept

Bill Chatwin writes

At Fusebox we've been working hard to ensure another ecclectic, high quality and creative programme for Autumn/Winter 2016 and we already have artists booked for Spring 2017.

We kick off on 23rd SEPTEMBER, at The Fox and Newt, with the very interesting duo, 'Bitch'n'Monk' - Heidi Heidelberg and Mauricio Velasierra

"In the intriguing Anglo- Colombian duo Heidi plays guitar, sings and beatboxes and Mauricio plays assorted flutes. The two transform their sound into junkyard electronica through the ingenious use of looping pedals. You'll spend a while pondering how to classify them. Prog folk? Operatic post-punk? Gothic reggae? But they know how to write melodies" The Guardian.

Their influences are said to range from Prokofiev to Wayne Shorter, laid down with West African Rhythms.

'Exquisite. A kaleidoscope of musical forms.' BBC Radio3

'One bite of this will send you into a lovesick coma and give you an electrifying kiss of life all at once.' The Quietus

Dave Kane will be providing support in the form of a bass solo.

Doors open 8 pm, Music starts 8.30 pm. Admission price: £8/£6 on the door. At the Fox and Newt, 9 Burley Street, Leeds LS3 1LD (opposite Park Lane College) Tel: 0113 245 4527.

Lancaster Jazz Festival 2016 this weekend!

Cath Roberts

Matt Robinson Director of Lancaster Jazz Festival writes

Our sixth Lancaster Jazz Festival (16-18 September) and, by far, the most ambitious yet. 2016 sees us expand into new territory and hand over the reins to the country’s emerging jazz artists like never before.

In a complete first for us we’ve commissioned our headline concert, giving it over to the astonishing baritone saxophonist Cath Roberts who tore the festival apart with Word of Moth at the end of last year. She’s currently writing a completely brand new work whilst bringing together a completely brand new 10 piece band, sourced from around Europe, ready to premier in The Round Theatre on Saturday 17th September.

In a similar vein, we continue our annual Youth Jazz Commission, awarded by our members to rising star guitarist Billy Marrows with a super interesting Gamelan inspired octet set. We also return to Lancaster Brewery, welcoming back saxophonists from the very first Lancaster Jazz Festival now they’ve become national jazz superstars. And we’re back in Sun Square and The Hall for the weekend with more amazing musicians, more great coffee, and more solo cello sets than ever before.

Come make a festival with us! - Matt Robinson, artistic director

More information

September jazz at Kennedy's in York

Adrian Ingram

Sunday Bunch at Kennedy’s Jazz Bar
Little Stonegate, York, YO1 8AX
Showtime 1.00pm free with raffle participation
Sept 18th – Adrian Ingram’s Cook Book - Adrian (guitar), Jez Platt (organ)                                    Paul Smith (drums)

Sept 25th – The Nick Svarc Set - Nick (guitar), Gary Jackson (bass)  Paul Smith (drums)

Scarborough gears up for the big weekend

Gareth Williams & Trish Clowes

Mike Gordon, Director of Scarborough Jazz Festival writes

Hello from sunny Scarborough! After the incredible complimentary evaluations we received for the 2015 festival I knew it was going to be a tough challenge to do better this year.  But I think we might have done it with an impressive, balanced, entertaining line-up. Just two weeks to go!

Rousing big bands: Abstract Truth Band, SKJ Jazz Orchestra.

Superb vocalists: Liane Carroll, Georgia Mancio, Nicola Farnon, Vimala Rowe.

Rhythmic variations: Pan Jumby, Vula Viel, Adam Glasser.

Swinging modern jazz: Sax Section, Benn Clatworthy, Brandon Allen, ARQ, Waterman/Nightingale/Barnes, Gareth Williams & Trish Clowes,

Something different: ‘Charlie Parker On Dial’, Malija.

Rising stars: Artephis

And a wonderful venue! All strung together by our compere Alan Barnes.

See you here.  Mike Gordon Festival Director

Book here...

Wednesday at the Head of Steam in Huddersfield

Jim Corry 

Wednesdays at the Head of Steam in Huddersfield
An eclectic mix of Jazz/Blues & Latin

Support the music with raffle participation

Sept 21st – Jez Platt (guitar), Toby Greenwood (sax)

Sept 28th – Jim Corry (sax), Kevin Holborough (trombone)

Band from - Paul Smith drums Andy Cholerton/Andrzej Baranek keys, Paul Chamberlain/Paul Baxter bass

St George’s Square, HD1 1JB
Show Time 8.30pm


Sheffield Jazz's new venue

Ben Clatworthy 30 Sept 

As summer draws to a close preparations are well in hand for the move of Sheffield Jazz to Crookes Social Club. Leaflets have been distributed to the usual places as well as many new cafes and bars in the Broomhill, Crookes and Walkley districts and we’ve been busy at the club itself,  checking out the PA and acoustics, the layout of the seating and, it has to be said, the quality of the bar. We’re pleased to announce that all passed the test, and we can’t wait for the start of the new season, which starts on 30th September with the remarkable Benn Clatworthy. And as a special introductory offer to celebrate the start of Crookes, all tickets for this gig are priced at just £5 !

Crookes Social Club is our new base. Many of you will know the club from having been to events in the past, as it has been a mainstay of the Sheffield scene for many years, for all kinds of public events, but especially music and comedy. The club is a great venue, with enough space for every seat to have a table, and has an excellent layout and sightlines, a wide range of drinks at reasonable prices, good public transport links and tickets held at the same prices as last year.

30th September  Benn Clatworthy quartet Based in Los Angeles, Clatworthy  is a great tenor sax player, from storming post-Coltrane energy to beautiful ballad playing.

 14th October by the Tim Garland Electric Quartet whose current tour is receiving rave reviews from the music press and features their current album One. Tim has toured with Chick Corea for almost two decades and his new band features former Sting and Jeff Beck pianist Jason Rebello, Ant Law and Asaf Sirkis.

21st October we have the first of the season’s two gigs at the Crucible, with the Glow quartet, featuring Trish Clowes on sax, Gareth Williams on piano, Calum Gourlay on bass and Martin France on drums. Playing new interpretations of standards and originals they “take risks ... playing from more traditional improvised music and contemporary ideas.

The season continues through the autumn with Gilad Atzmon and Alan Barnes’ Lowest Common Denominator, 11 piece band Pavillon, including Martin Speake, Andy Panayi, Steve Fishwick, Sarah Williams and Gene Calderazzo and the Clark Tracey quintet, all at Crookes Social Club. The season is rounded off in December by Stan Sulzmann and Nikki Iles featuring in a duo at the Crucible Studio.

Crookes Social Club, S10 1TD. For Crookes Social Club directions and map see:,-1.5050108,16z

More details about all these gigs in Sheffield Jazz’s season at:

Autumn Jazz at the Lescar

Ellery Eskelin 12 October 

Jez Matthews writes -

Its definitely as exciting a programme this autumn as we’ve put together since I took over running The Lescar nearly 4 years ago. We’ve  got JazzFM vocalist of the year Lauren Kinsella with her ensemble, and Cinematic Orchestra guitarist and composer Stuart McCallum with a great band. In October there is a unique opportunity (thanks to the combined help of Norvol, Jazz North, Apollo Jazz Network, and Arts Council England), to experience a New York jazz and improvised music legend, sax player Ellery Eskelin with UK improv stars Matthew Bourne and Chris Sharkey (12th October).

21st September 2016 Henrik Jensen ‘Followed by Thirteen’ / £6
A truly international line-up; four rising stars of the European jazz scene, led by a Danish bass player with a lovely rich tone, Henrik Jensen, and featuring US trumpeter Andre Canniere, Danish pianist Esben Tjalve, and Italian drummer Antonio Fusco. Contemporary jazz that bursts with creative and expressive energy, their music is also melodic, rhythmic and approachable.

28th September 2016 Stuart McCallum / £6
Cinematic Orchestra guitarist Stuart McCallum brings his soulful and highly approachable mix of jazz and ambient electronica. With him are Dutch vocalist Fridolijn Van Poll, who’s toured with Kairos 4tet, as well releasing her own internationally acclaimed album, John Ellis on keyboards and incredible drummer Richard Spaven

5th October 2016 Hansu-Tori: Amidst A Swarm Of Butterflies / £6
One of the country’s finest young creative talents, from the lively Birmingham jazz scene, a subtle and inventive pianist, with an equally fine trio. David Austin Grey -Piano/Keyboard/Synth /Electronics), Nick Jurd (Double Bass/Electric Bass), and Jim Bashford (Drum Kit). Referencing electronica, minimalism, alternative rock and classical music

12th October 2016 Ellery Eskelin, with Matthew Bourne and Chris Sharkey - in association with Apollo Jazz Network, NORVOLJazz, and Arts Council England / £8
From NYC, a unique opportunity to hear a highly individual and creative musician from the cutting edge of the global improvised music scene. Tenor sax player Ellery Eskelin has performed all over the world, a passionate and committed musician, with a wonderful sound. He visits us with two of the UK’s foremost groundbreaking musicians, both with international reputations; guitarist Chris Sharkey (TrioVD, Acoustic Ladyland and Bilbao Syndrome) and pianist Matthew Bourne; a unique virtuoso mixing a delicate touch with often fiery improvisation.

19th October 2016 Dan Messore’s Indigo Kid / £6
Rising star guitarist Dan Messore’s music is a delight; rhythmic, with a strong sense of narrative, and an emotional core. Gareth Lockrane (flute) is a brilliant improviser, Calum Gourlay’s bass playing has been heard with Kit Downes, Tommy Smith, amongst many others. Tim Giles is a BBC award-winning drummer.

Telephone: 0774 020 1939

The Lescar Hotel
Sharrowvale Road
S11 8ZF

Russell Corbett's Jazz in the North East

Juliet Kelly tours the rural venues

Russell Corbett reviews the jazz scene in the North East for late September

Vocalist Juliet Kelly tours rural venues during the month with her self explanatory Bond to Bowie show. The itinerary is expressly designed to call in at remote church and village halls, institutes and community centres. Frosterley Village Hall (Sep 23) is the one stop in County Durham, followed by two gigs in Northumberland at Middleton and Tonbridge Village Hall nr Morpeth (Sep 24) and Whittingham (Sep 25) in the Memorial Institute.
During September the north east hosts musicians from all over the globe. At the end of the month (Sep 27), at the nearby Jazz Café, London-based Henrik Jensen will make a return visit to the Pink Lane venue. The Dane will be working with Esben Tjalve (piano), drummer Antonio Fusco, and trumpet and flugelhorn player Andre Canniere on a Jazz North East Schmazz promotion.          

The Hammond B3 and its variants conjure late night, ‘back-at-the-chicken-shack’ joints. Two masterful exponents of the instrument can be heard a matter of a few days apart at the Jazz Café and the adjoining Black Swan basement venue in Newcastle Arts Centre. Friday 16 Sept in the upstairs room at the Jazz Café promises to be one storming gig. Guitarist Nigel Price will be getting into the groove as Ross Stanley hits those bass pedals with the immaculate Steve Brown (drums) alongside. The Early Bird Band will open with a set of its own. A group of emerging young musicians tutored by Paul Edis, expect to hear jazz classics and one or two original pieces. One week later (Sep 22) Gerry Richardson’s Big Idea – an all star nine-piece outfit – plays the Black Swan. Two great gigs, why not go to both?      

Darlington’s Opus 4 Jazz Club meets in the upstairs room of the Traveller’s Rest on Sep 16. Promoter and patron alike can expect a visit from the boys in blue. No, the joint won’t be raided, rather, there will be a set from the Leeds-based Jazz Police.  

Chris Barber keeps on gigging – and why not? The Big Chris Barber Band will play the Gala Theatre, Durham Sep 29. You wouldn’t bet against a return visit next year, and the year after.

Finally, a jam session. Jam sessions are what they are, they can, by their very nature, be hit and miss affairs. However, recent editions of the Jazz Café’s regular jam session are already the stuff of legend. The standard of musicianship has been exceptionally high and the atmosphere – the applause, cheers, whistles – something else. Tellingly perhaps, the  participation of several younger musicians has made the night. Hugely talented, the Jazz Café’s jam session – first and third Tuesdays in the month – is fast becoming the gig you cannot miss!

Head Hunters at the Brudnell

Legendary jazz-funk fusion band The Headhunters are at the Leeds Brudenell Social Club Sunday 25th September 2016

The album Head Hunters, recorded with the one and only Herbie Hancock, has remained a cornerstone for not just jazz fusion but jazz as a whole since its release in 1973. Put simply, their influence on the jazz world as we know it today cannot be underestimated - they are bonafide legends of the game and it's a privilege to welcome them to our stage. Located at the infectious crossroads of funk and jazz is the internationally acclaimed band The Headhunters. Forty years in the industry has melded their sound into an energetic ride through the roots of music in the beats of ancient percussion instruments to the electronic vibrations of the future.

The band has influenced the sound of acid-jazz and such musicians as Grammy-Award winning artists, Esperanza Spalding and Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews. Their songs have been sampled by artists around the Globe including Usher, Prince, Nas, The Roots, Madonna, and many more. Under the direction of co-leaders Bill Summers (percussion/vocals) and Mike Clark (drums), the band toured and recorded for several years with legendary pianist Herbie Hancock.

Their debut album titled Head Hunters (1973), is one of the best-selling jazz/fusion records of all time, the first jazz album to reach platinum status.In 2003, the album was ranked number 498 in Rolling Stone magazine’s book on the 500 greatest albums of all time. Fasten your seat belt for the ride that is...The Headhunters.

Brudenell Social Club
33 Queen's Rd, Leeds LS6 1NY
Sunday 25 Sept.
Tickets £17.50
Doors 7.30pm

Nigel Price Organ Trio open Huddersfield Jazz Autumn Season

After a short break to recharge our batteries Huddersfield Jazz is back with it's Autumn & Winter programme.  First of our artists to appear in The Jazz Room is the fabulous Nigel Price Organ Trio.

The Nigel Price Organ Trio, winner of the 2010 Parliamentary Jazz Awards for ‘best jazz ensemble’
is led by one of Britain’s finest guitarists.  Nigel Price is a regular performer at Ronnie Scott’s
where he has racked up over 500 performances, spent three years with the James Taylor Quartet,
has performed with the BBC Big Band, Carleen Anderson and the legendary David Axelrod.
His blend of flowing, fiery bebop lines, deep blues feeling and the will to swing hard has made him a big hit with jazz fans.

Nigel will be joined by legendary drummer Steve Brown and the incredible organist Ross Stanley.
Formed in 2002, the trio has worked hard, playing hundreds of venues both in the UK and abroad,
including ten residencies at Ronnie Scott’s club in London and five extensive UK tours.
The by-products of this amount of work are a cohesive chemistry rarely seen between three musicians, an enormous repertoire and the ability to put on a well-thought-out gig that entertains from start to finish.

“There’s an exhilarating tight-loose swing and old-school honestly
about Price’s brand of soul-bop that leaves you panting” – Mojo
“The real thing” – London Jazz News
“Brilliant” – The Evening Standard

Saturday 17th September 2016 - 8pm - 10:30pm
Doors open at 7:30pm with a performance start time of 8pm.  Full bar facilities will be available
on the night as well as FREE car parking via the University campus.

£14 Adults / £5 Students
tickets available online // via iPoint (Huddersfield Uni) \\ Vinyl Tap Records

For more details visit the Huddersfield Jazz Website

Jazz gigs, choir, workshops and a new big band in Leeds this September

"Impossible Things" Sun 16 Sept @Seven Arts 1.30pm

More music coming your way this September from Leeds's Seven Jazz club. Their first Village Jazz Festival was a success celebrating the diversity of the Leeds Jazz scene, and the trademark mixture of styles that has brought the Parliamentary Jazz award accolade to the club this year.

This coming Sunday 18th September 1.30-4pm they present renowned young jazz supergroup "Impossible Things", a septet led by London-based, Glasgow-born drummer/composer Corrie Dick. The band features musicians such as Laura Jurd on trumpet and vocalist Jessica Radcliffe and is in the middle of a much acclaimed national tour. “A rich diversity of contemporary folk melodies reminiscent of Celtic traditions and at times North African music and arranged them in a perfectly flowing series of modern-day anthems” London Jazz News £10/8 conc, NUS £5

Next Sunday 25th September they welcome pianist Alex Hutton with his trio to Seven Arts playing the "Magna Carta Suite"(1.30pm start). It is 800 years since the Magna Carta signing. Alex has conjured up a jazz suite based on King John signing the Magna Carta at Runnymede in 1215. There’s tension, celebration, bliss, more tension, and some other moods all captured in the compositions with elements of Palestrina, early folk music, baroque, classical, and contemporary idioms. £10/8 conc, NUS £5
Here excerpts here

Rush Hour Jazz at Seven Arts Wed 21 Sept 5.30-6.30pm JEFF HEWER, is a recent arrival to Leeds from Canada, now based in Chapel Allerton. He combines swinging jazz with contemporary harmonic and melodic twists, weaving melodies and chords together. With him on steel pan is DUDLEY NESBITT. Dudley Nesbitt is an unflagging advocate for the culture of the steel pan, playing jazz with a blend of modern calypso, Caribbean rhythms, rumba and cha cha. Free - donations welcome

Want to sing or play jazz? These are exciting times for Seven Jazz's education activities - they now have a new Seven Jazz Big Band to add to their Jazz Choir and Jazz Workshop. Following a successful couple of gigs at the first Village Jazz Festival the Seven Jazz Big Band is now set to continue! Led by Dave Evans has it's first rehearsal on Thursday 15 September 7pm at Gledhow Sports and Social Club Gledhow Lane, Leeds LS8 1NQ. If you are interested in joining the band contact Dave on <> the band are playing a gig at Oakwood Festival Thus 27 October 2016

Seven Jazz Voices Choir meets again fortnightly on Mondays - next is 26September @Inkwell 7-9pm. Led by Tessa Smith the choir is featured in this months  Leeds Artforms "Leeds Sings" brochure. Why not come and sing some jazz tunes this autumn?  Contact Steve on

The Seven Jazz Workshops Start Saturday 17th September @Seven Arts 2-4pm £10/8 concessions led by Tom Sharp and Dom Moore  Want to learn to play jazz? Come and join our fortnightly jazz workshop this autumn, learn a lot and have fun too! The workshop bnd are playing at Marsedn Jazz festival on Sunday 9 October, 3pm, at the Marquee on the Bridge. Contact Jean

More information on the Seven Jazz website